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VCE Attendance Policy


1. Students must attend all timetabled classes in accordance with the ‘VCE Class Attendance Policy 2017’ and the attendance requirements for VCAL students.  This policy is in addition to the class attendance requirements.

2.  During the school week there are times when students do not have timetabled classes.  These are known as ‘study periods’.  Students are expected to be in designated areas completing study during these times.

3.  ALL students must attend school from the beginning of each day and be present at Form Assembly. This is irrespective of first class starting time. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

4.  Students once in attendance at the school must remain at school until the designated finish time for that day. That is 3:40 on Monday, 3:15 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 12:45 on Wednesday. Students are not permitted to sign out at any time unless a valid reason is provided from a parent.

5. Wednesday finishes at 12:45 for Year 11 and 12 students unless they study a VET subject.

Please Note: On some Wednesday SAC classes will be held, seminar or study sessions organised and students are required to attend these and non-attendance will be regarded as an unexplained absence.

English and Maths tutorials will also run on Wednesday afternoons.

  1. Friday Week B afternoons are now official study periods. All students must attend these periods. The Library will be made totally free for revision classes as well as allocated classrooms. Seminars, learning activities, mentoring, tutoring and some SAC assessments will be held during this time.



VCAA states that each study must have a minimum of 50 hours class time. It is a requirement at Belmont High School that students attend all timetabled classes so that teaching and learning opportunities can be maximised. Attendance in class provides opportunities for student work to be authenticated by teachers. Work which cannot be authenticated will not be accepted for assessment and will be awarded ‘N’.

It is important that students minimise the number of days away from school; this includes extra-curricular activities. For information about attendance at Form Assembly please see the Year 11 and 12 School Attendance Policy.

Family holidays during school time is not recommended.


1. How many classes can a student miss without a medical certificate?

Students are allowed to miss only four lessons* per subject per semester without penalties being applied.

* One double period is counted as one lesson. Different arrangements apply to students undertaking Outdoor and Environment Education and VET subjects. Please see your teacher for clarification.
2. What does the student have to do when they return to school after ANY absence?

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that absences are explained. Medical certificates must be presented to the General Office before being shown to teachers and then will be approved by the VCE Coordinator. Non-medical absences must be discussed with the VCE Coordinator.
3. How will I know if I am approaching the limit of my absences in a class?

Students are expected to keep a record of classes that they have missed in their organiser. Students and parents will receive a warning that the student is approaching the limit of absences after three and/or four absences have been accrued.

4. What happens if a student has a fifth absence in any subject?

A meeting will be convened between VCE Coordinator, Assistant Principal, House Leader, student and parent. If attendance cannot be accounted for, the student may receive a ‘N’ for the unit.

5. What if the student is absent for more than two consecutive days?

A medical/dental/approved absence certificate must be produced.

6. What if the absence is for a school activity, e.g. excursion, sport team?

Students must obtain clearance from each class teacher prior to the absence. Lists of students participating in school events submitted to the General Office before the activity takes place.

All students will be required to complete the ‘Missed Class Work Proforma’ sheet and return it to Mr. McAndrew/Mr. Kasperovic before absence is approved.

If approved, these absences do not count towards the total of missed classes. Students are expected to make up work that has been missed.

Students with a number of absences (approved or not) due to illness or other activity will not be permitted to participate in non-academic excursions.
7. Holidays: Holidays during class time including orientation is not recommended.

Families may apply for an approved absence on a holiday with each application considered individually based on personal reasons, student’s progress and attendance. Unless extenuating circumstances apply, applications need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance and where possible before bookings are made. If an extended holiday is approved and taken (over a week), the student will be ineligible to participate in any non-compulsory activity for the whole Semester.

8. What if I am absent for a class in which a SAC is held?

Students must have a medical certificate/VCE approved absence to cover this. If you fall ill during the day and leave the school, you must be signed out by the nurse. This will then be a VCE approved absence and you will be allocated to a SAC make up class to complete the work that has been missed.

9. What is a VCE Approved Absence?

If there is a reason (not covered by medical certificates) why the student cannot attend school eg. Family emergency, the student can apply to the VCE Coordinator for a VCE approved absence, which is regarded in the same manner as a medical certificate. Students are expected to meet a minimum of 50 hours class time. Students who accrue a large number of approved absences may receive a ‘N’ for a unit if it is deemed they have not been able to satisfy the requirements of an outcome due to attendance. It is the student’s responsibility to take this into account before committing to extra-curricular activities or holidays during class time.

10. What if a student continues to suffer on-going effects from an illness and obtaining medical certificates for each absence could prove very costly?

The student should apply to the VCE Coordinator for an extended approved absence. (Documentation of illness will generally be required.)

11. How many ‘N’ results can a student receive because of breaches of the attendance requirements?

Any student who receives two ‘N’ results (due to poor attendance) in one semester may have their enrolment cancelled in all units for the current year. The student may apply to re-enrol in the following year.

12. What does the student do about any work they have missed?

It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on missed work and collect any handouts that were given to the class in their absence.

Students and parents are advised to contact the VCE Coordinator with any inquiries about this policy.

Assessment at Belmont High School

Assessment for Year 11 Students in 2017

1. Assessment for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

This assessment is based on the “satisfactory achievement” of a series of outcomes in each unit. An outcome is a particular activity, for example, a series of questions, an assignment, making a model, and so on. Students must follow the guidelines and achieve a satisfactory standard of key knowledge and key skills to be awarded “S”. To achieve “S” for any unit of work, a student must achieve “S” for all outcomes. An “N” (not satisfactory) for any outcome in that unit will result in “N” for the whole unit. It is therefore most important that students manage their time carefully to ensure that all outcomes in all units achieve “S” standard.

2. Belmont High School assessment

As “S” does not distinguish between work which is barely satisfactory and that which is excellent, Belmont High School will continue to award letter grades to identify standards. There will be examinations at the end of each semester.


In Year 12 examinations are a major determinant of a student’s ATAR and subsequent access to University and many other TAFE and further education programs. In preparation students in Year 10 and 11 will sit exams at mid year and end of year.

Assessment for Year 12 Students in 2017

Students will study 5 units in both Semester 1 and Semester 2. English/Literature is compulsory in both semesters. Students must study the same combination of units for both semesters as they are required to complete “pairs” or “sequences” of Units 3 & 4 subjects. Therefore no changes of units are possible at the end of Unit 3.

There are three methods of assessment in Year 12:
1. Outcomes

The same system of satisfactory achievement of outcomes as exists in Year 11.

2. School Assessed Coursework

School-assessed coursework is made up of a number of assessment tasks completed mainly in class time and will assess the unit learning outcomes. Students will receive the marks for their SACs from their teachers but will not know the grades for these until later. School-assessed coursework will be reported as grades (A+ to E; UG) by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in December 2017. A small number of studies will have school-assessed tasks (SATs). These are produced over a period of time and will be used in studies where products and models are assessed, for example, Art, Media and Visual Communication Design.

3. Examinations

Each unit 3, 4 sequence will have at least one examination. Examinations will be held in November 2017. These examinations will be set and marked by VCAA. Grades and scores will be available in December 2017. In addition, all students studying a Unit 3, 4 sequence including VET programs with a scored assessment, will need to sit the GAT (General Achievement Test). This is an important test which provides statistical information and support for students.


Refer Belmont High School Homework Policy.

VCE Studies offered

VCE Study Information

Extra information available from:

ACCOUNTING (1-4) J. Watson


ART (1-4) K. Zahra, J. Stevens

BIOLOGY (1-4) S. Visser, D Matthews


CHEMISTRY (1-4) A. Sokolov, M Hermans

COMPUTING (1-2) L. Kelly




- Textiles B. Donald

- Food E. Cave

- Wood P. Vernon

ENGLISH (1-4) B. Daff





GEOGRAPHY (1-4) R. Kline


HISTORY (1-4) N. Wilson, J. Stewart

LEGAL STUDIES (1-4) E. Horne, R. Pugh

LITERATURE (1-4) R. Rochester, W. Whitney

LANGUAGE - Indonesian (1-4) L. Purdy

- Italian (1-4) F Cologni

MATHEMATICS (1-4) M. Wamsteker, D. Byrt, A. Sokolov,

P. Dann, S. Morse, J. Stewart, R. Fehling

MEDIA STUDIES (1-4) F. Hergstrom

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (1-4) R. Humphrey, L Morton




PHYSICS (1-4) R. Stott

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-4) J. McAndrew, D. Ellis, R Kline, E Mitchell

PSYCHOLOGY (1-4) S. Visser, P Cassidy, J Soden

STUDIO ARTS K Zahra, P De Bruyn




Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET is a study option combining VCE or VCAL with vocational training and work placement in industry. VET is recognised as a pathway to a number of careers. A student’s VET program may form part of a pathway towards employment or tertiary studies after secondary school. Many employers are recruiting students who have completed VET programs. A VET certificate is a nationally recognised qualification.
After two years study a student can successfully complete the VCE, obtain a VET certificate and a contribution towards the student’s ATAR. VCAL students undertake VET or Further Education as part of that program. A student’s VET program in most cases constitutes another subject undertaken off campus.
In 2016, approximately 100 Year 10, 70 Year 11 and 30 Year 12 students participated in VET programs. Many students attend local Registered Training Organisations such as the Gordon Institute of TAFE.
Parents do need to be aware that VET Courses may incur additional fees.
Parents and students should consider the study options provided by VET as part of the Later Years course planning process.
VET program details and application forms are available from the Student Pathways Centre. Enquiries relating to VET should be directed to Mr Darren Lynch.

2017 VET Programs offered include:

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies

 Certificate II in Automotive Technology

 Certificate II in Building and Construction

 Certificate III in Beauty

 Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation

 Certificate II in Applied Fashion

 Certificate II in Dance

 Certificate II in Desktop Publishing

 Certificate II in Electrical

 Certificate II in Engineering

 Certificate II in Equine Industry

 Certificate II in Health and Remedial Massage

 Certificate II in Hairdressing

Certificate II in Horticulture

 Certificate II in Hospitality (Operations)

 Certificate II in Media

 Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology

 Certificate III in Music

 Certificate III in Music Industry

 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

  • Other

Please note: External VET programs on offer may be subject to change.
Students can study Certificate III in Music, Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology, Certificate II in Outdoor Education, Certificate III in Interactive Digital Media and Technology and Certificate III in Sport and Recreation at Belmont High School.

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace learning is where a student takes part in a work placement as a “block” of time or ongoing weekly. These work placements form part of a student’s VET or VCAL program.

Belmont High School RTO Number 22312

Belmont High School became a Registered Training Organization for the delivery of VET in 2010. Belmont High School is registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority to deliver Certificate III Music, Certificate III Interactive Digital Media, Certificate III Information Technology, Certificate II Outdoor Recreation and Certificate III Sport and Recreation. Mr Darren Lynch is the Manager.

CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry

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